Travel Time30 mts
Excursion time:4 hrs.
Essentials:Climb can be tedious on a hot day.
A short hike to a see a Jain temple and to enjoy wonderful views of the countryside. The Chitharal Jain Temple has historical significance and also provides a picturesque hike with panoramic views. This temple belonging to members of the Jain faith is located in the small village of Chitharal, about 20 km from Anantya. Chitharal is historically known as Thirucharanathupalli. The monument, which is on top of a hillock, is believed to date back to the 9th century AD. At the top the hillock is a cave containing rock-cut sculptures of Jain Thirthankaras and attendant deities. The Jain influence in this region was due to King Mahendravarman I of the Pallava dynasty. When the Jain influence in the region reduced, in about 1250 A.D., it was converted into a Hindu temple, and an image of goddess Bhagavathy was installed. The hike to the cave is a steep 800-meter climb from the car parking area. At the top, you can enjoy sweeping views of the area. You will see the countryside with a river winding through, dots of blue lakes, green fields of crops, clusters of villages, coconut trees, and tall church spires, all against the backdrop of the Western Ghat.